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Rizing wins in overtime; earns right to face Ryukyu Golden Kings

Date Posted: 2011-04-30

Rizing Fukuoka took the game to overtime to win 88-75, defeating the Shimane Susanoo Magic in their first round Basketball Japan League playoff series.

The two-game sweep over the Magic, a first-year expansion team, gives Rizing Fukuoka a berth in the semi-finals series next weekend against Western Conference champion Okinawa. The Ryukyu Golden Kings are the favored team in this year’s Western Conference playoffs.

Michael Parker poured in 37 points to lead Rizing to victory, the second in two days. Overall, Rizing Fukuoka boosted its season record to 6-0 against the Magic. Abdullahi Kuso added 18 points and 12 rebounds and Akitomo Takeno scored 13 points for Fukuoka, which outscored Shimane 14-1 in OT.

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